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California Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 2, 2010 SB 399 Authorizing Youth Offenders to Appeal Life Without Parole Sentences Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 15)
Nay
Sept. 11, 2009 SBx3 18 Correctional Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(21 - 16)
Nay
Aug. 20, 2009 ABx3 14 Correctional Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 19)
Nay
July 24, 2009 ABX4 19 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: In-Home Supportive Services Fraud Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 15)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2008 ABx1 8 Amending Sentencing, Parole, and Property Crime Statutes Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 15)
Nay
Aug. 31, 2008 SB 1407 Financing Courthouse Construction Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(26 - 10)
Yea
May 29, 2008 CA SB 1665 Prison Health Care Facility Bonds Bill Failed - Senate
(24 - 15)
Did Not Vote
May 29, 2008 SB 1407 Financing Courthouse Construction Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 8)
Yea
May 15, 2008 SB 1589 Uncorroborated Jailhouse Informant Testimony Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 14)
Nay
Aug. 31, 2006 SB 1578 Dog Restraint Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(21 - 16)
Nay
Aug. 16, 2006 AB 1873 Safe Child Surrender Time Limit Expansion Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 9)
Yea
June 27, 2006 SB 1137 Sentences for Non-Violent Drug Offenders Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(27 - 2)
Yea

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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